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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Upcoming Garden Workshops

Upcoming Garden Workshops at Old Salem Gardens:
October 2, 2012: Native Plants for Triad Gardens presented by Vickie Hodges, Master Gardener of Forsyth County, NC

Use native plants to the best advantage in your Piedmont yard and garden. Learn about natives and the threats from exotics.

October 6, 2012:  
 "Today's Special: Chestnuts" presented by Richard Teague, owner of High Rock Farm of Rockingham County, NC
Learn about the American chestnut tree, the blight-resistant Dunstan Hybrid, and High Rock Farm Chestnut Orchard. Sample chestnut flour cake. Roast fresh chestnuts!

 October 11, 2012: Cooking with Herbs presented by Elizabeth Morgan, Herbalist and Owner,
Dandelion Soap and Herb Shop in Walkertown, NC.

Add herbs for flavor and nutrition -- learn how much to use, when to add, which to use, fresh or dried.

Free workshops presented by Old Salem Museums & Gardens Department of Horticulture. Non-perishable food items appreciated for Second Harvest Food Bank.

For more information, or to pre-register for a workshop, please call (336)721-7357.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Livestock Judging at Dixie Classic Fair


Beef Cattle

Angus - Oct 4 - 2:00 pm

Charolais - Oct 4 - 4:00 pm

Other Beef Breeds - Oct 4 - 6:00 pm

Hereford - Oct 5 - Noon

Simmental - Oct 5 - 3:00 pm

Red Angus - Oct 5 - 4:30 pm

Jr. Beef Heifer - Showmanship - Oct 6 - 2:00 pm

Jr. Beef Heifer - Breed Shows - Oct 7 - 1:00 pm

Dairy Cattle

Ayrshire/Brown Swiss/Holstein

(Open & Jr. Shows) - Oct 1 - 3:00 pm

Guernsey/Jersey - Oct 2 - 10:00 am

Jr. Dairy Showmanship - Oct 1/2 - TBA


All Breeds (Open & Jr. Shows) - Oct 4 - Noon

Jr. Ewe Show - Oct 1 - 6:00 pm

Jr. Market Lambs - Sept 30 - 2:00 pm

Shepherds Lead Competition - Sept 29 - 7:30 pm


Jr. Market Swine - Sept 29 - 4:00 pm

Swine Auction - Sept 29 - 7:00 pm


Meat Goat - Sept 29 - Noon

Youth Goat Show - Oct 6 - 2:00 pm

Dairy Goats - Oct 7 - 9:00 am


Rabbit Show - Sept 30 - 9:00 am

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Cricket Craft Festival

UPDATE - Moved to October 6th!

Fall Cricket Craft Festival at the South Fork Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm this Saturday, September 29th (Rain Date—October 6th). 
They will have fun, food, and crafts galore!  Look for close to a 100 vendors from all areas of North Carolina as well as from surrounding states. 
This will be a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and stimulate the local economy at the same time.
There is no admission charged for this show and parking is free.
The Cricket's Nest will also be open from 9 am to 4 pm. Drop in and check out the beautiful Fall items, the frighteningly witty Halloween items, and the heartwarming Thanksgiving items, as well as a full assortment of non-seasonal home d├ęcor, fashion accessories, baby and gift items.
JAN-AUG: SHOP HOURS:MTWF 10 am to 2 pm, Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
SEP-DEC: SHOP HOURS SEP-DEC:MTWF 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm




The Malcolm Blue Historical Crafts and Farmskills Festival is a three-day festival held annually the last weekend of September. As many as 1,500 school school children visit the farm on Friday during School Children’s Day to learn what daily life and work was like in the 19th century. Some of the crafts and skills demonstrated are pottery, basket making, woodworking, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, soap and candle making and fringe tying.

Farm animals fill the stable; pony and wagon rides are available for the young and young at heart. Folk and country musicians and dancers entertain during the three-day event. In the meadow, Civil War reenactment troops are encamped and steam engines are demonstrated. The festival has become one of the finest intergenerational events in North Carolina.

Hours: Fri. School Children's Day 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Sat. 10 AM-6 PM, Sun. noon-5 PM.

There is an admission fee.

Malcolm Blue Farm 1177 Bethesda Road , Aberdeen NC 28315

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Muscadine Harvest Festival 2012 - North Carolina

2012 NC Muscadine Festival welcomes you to Eastern North Carolina to enjoy the Muscadine Grape heritage, wines, food, health products and cultivation!

Duplin County Event Center
195 Fairgrounds Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349

Saturday, September 29th (10:00 am-7:00 pm)

Participating Wineries
  • Adams Vineyards
  • Bannerman Vineyard
  • Cauble Creek Vineyard
  • Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery
  • Chateau Laurinda Vineyards
  • Chatham Hill Winery
  • Childress Vineyards
  • Cloer Family Vineyards
  • Country Squire Winery
  • Cypress Bend Vineyards
  • Dennis Vineyards
  • Duplin Winery
  • Hammerstone Winery
  • Hinnant Family Vineyards
  • Huffman Vineyards
  • Lake James Cellars
  • Lake Road Winery
  • Locklear Vineyard & Winery
  • Lu Mil Winery
  • Lumina Winery
  • Old North State Winery
  • Rocky River Vineyards
  • Southern Charm Winery
  • Stephens Vineyards & Winery
  • Stony Mountain Vineyards
  • Treehouse Vineyards
  • Vineyards on the Scuppernong
  • Waldesian Style Wine
  • Weathervane Winery
  • And more...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Although the Blessing of the Animals began as an Anglican event, it is observed by many denominations of people and pets nowadays. Episcopalians are particularly known for their pet-friendly values and preservation of creation. All pets and their parents in the community are welcome and encouraged to participate in this worship service set aside each year to lift up the well-being of creatures and their stewards in prayer. The service originated in commemoration of the death of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th 1226. The celebration of St. Francis Day has continued through the centuries.

"No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated." --Kevin Mackin, O.F.M.


For the safety and comfort of everyone, all animals must be humanely restrained, dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. In addition, we ask that pets who are aggressive toward other pets or people not attend. If a pet is not comfortable in public or if a pet is sick, the owner may bring a photograph for prayers. Pooper scooper materials will be made available, and of course, we ask that everyone respect the National Historic Registered church grounds of Christ Church by keeping pets off landscaped areas.

Pets and their parents will gather on the front lawn for the blessing (we have a rain plan) and all participants will receive a service guide so they can follow along. We often host quite a variety of pets! Guest priest, Father Jim Prevatt, will officiate. He is a wonderful speaker and has led many Blessings of the Animals over his years of service. The service itself is short, only about 15-20 minutes, after which he will touch and bless (pray over) each individual animal. Each pet will receive a tag marked, "I was blessed at Christ Church". Following the Blessing Service, a small pet fair is usually offered.


The pet fair is offered as a community service. This year, veterinarian, Dr. Bill Dawkins, will be on duty to provide free exams and consultation. We are also very pleased to have Wendy Tucker, a local pet portraiture artist, onsite to display some of her amazing work and we will have a selection of pet educational materials for distribution. Word has it that Chad & Mrs. Tucker of FOX 8 News might be bringing Otis for a blessing too! Donations are not required to attend, but will be accepted to assist local, unemployed families with keeping their pets and will be distributed through East Stokes Outreach Ministries. Animal Rescue of Stokes County will also be onsite with adoptables and information about the new Stokes Spay/Neuter transport program.


St. Francis was born into an Italian family of great wealth but chose to devote his life to poverty, concern for the poor and the sick, and he especially delighted in God's works as revealed in nature through living creatures. He developed a religious order called "The Friars Minor." Francis and the friars travelled from place to place preaching, serving the outcast, caring for lepers, cleaning churches, giving food to thieves, praying, and praising God. They embraced radical poverty, owning nothing, and were often thought to be "crazy" because of it. Francis believed that owning nothing was the ultimate freedom, as possessions could no longer control him. The Friars were often mocked, spat upon, and had stones thrown at them. Francis called this treatment "pure joy" because he knew such treatment freed them from caring about the opinions of others to focus on God.

Francis had a special love for and relationship with animals; to this day he is the Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology. It is said that animals were tame and gentle around him and seemed to understand Francis' words. He was able to tame a vicious wolf that had been attacking people. It is reported that at times Francis would sit outside to pray and the birds would sit on his shoulders and squirrels would crawl into his lap. You might recognize this famous quote:

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men." ~St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shake, shake, shake!

Mix and match shakers now available in the farm store!

Goat, pig, cow, horse rooster chicken, sheep salt and pepper shakers.
No Farms No Food
Farm to able
Eat Well Eat Local
Know Your Farm
Know Your Food

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Germanton, NC 27019

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Love this!

In addition to these bumper stickers, they've got all kinds of cool apparel at

Proceeds go to sustain and support our educational efforts in a bold and provocative way!

You can also find them on Facebook at "NEW I Love Farmers They Feed My Soul"

Friday, September 21, 2012

Watch us work!

Something new in the farm store - - slide presentation showing pictures of the farm, dairy construction, cheesemaking and more!

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Germanton, NC 27019

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stokes Fiddlers Convention

Stokes County Fiddlers Convention

Join in the fun at Jessup Mill on Saturday October 6 for a fun day filled with music, food and fun. There will be music competition in fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and more. Gates open at 10 AM competition begins at 4 PM. There will be jam session Fri, Sat and Sunday. On site camping available by calling 336-351-0903.

For registration info call 336-983-4951 or 593-8159 or visit

Full Details:

1565 Collinstown Rd

Westfield, NC27053

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Farm Day

Fall Farm Day at Woosley Farm (Pfafftown, NC)
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Celebrate the first day of Fall at Woosley Farm with an afternoon that includes a tour of the historic farmhouse and gardens plus a hayride down to the Yadkin River. Meet Jelly Bean and many of her farm friends. Tickets are $3. Teachers with ID get in free.

Woosley Farm is located at 2780 Woosley Rd. in Pfafftown, North Carolina


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Milking time. That black doe in the back really wants to be milked and QUICK!

New in the Store!

New in the farm store and just for the kiddos!

Cup with pop up straw.  Bottom has a screw-on snack container.  Available in assorted farm animals - horse, goat, llama, pig.

 Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Germanton, NC 27019

Monday, September 17, 2012

What's wrong with this picture?

Notice anything out of the ordinary?

Yes, there's a lot going on--but it's not a trick question! 
The pasture raised Golden Comets hens are making sure that Johnny is feeding the rabbits properly.

Look to the right of the the base of the fence post.
Do you see anything?
Yep, that would be a rabbit... NOT in it's cage.
A Tennessee Redback rabbit escaped during the morning round of chores.
She kept us (and the chickens) entertained for most of the day, before we caught her and returned her to the cage.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

World Chicken Stew Championship

World Chicken Stew Championship!

Plans are being finalized for the first ever World Chicken Stew Championship. The Stokes County Arts Council will host this exciting event on Saturday November 3 at Central Park in King.

Bring your bowl, lawn chair and a healthy appetite to what should be a wonderful event.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


IMZA registered bull calf born 8/26/12 (Carl X Anna) $700; without registration papers $600.

IMZA registered bull calf born 7/27/12 (Carl X Bella) $700; without registration papers $600.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Germanton, NC 27019

Monday, September 10, 2012

Wilderness Survival Training

Jessup Mill - Westfield, NC

TWO DAYS Saturday and Sunday 9/22&23 begins @ 8am

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day, 18 hour class designed for trip leaders, camp counselors, and outdoor enthusiasts. No previous experience is required. This emergency response training includes patient assessment, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, splinting, and a variety of other topics.

Max Class size = 16, Minimum age = 16

Cost: $240 for course + $35 camping+lunch (2 nights camping, box lunch both days of class)

Contact Jessup Mill for details.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Virtual Farmer's Market

Piedmont Local Food is a virtual farmers market linking growers to restaurant chefs, as well as individuals through buying clubs.
Orders are placed online, local growers process them, and they are delivered - picked and shipped within 24 hours!
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC is a Piedmont Local Food Thursday public delivery site on the Forsyth/Stokes County line. Your order can be picked up between 12 Noon and 7 PM in our Farm Store
Supporting Piedmont Local Food supports local farmers and tantalizes your taste buds!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Carolina Meat Conference


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Museum Day Live

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free.

View the list of 2012 participating museums

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan

Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan
Danbury, N.C. – The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 8th and 9th is adding a few new wrinkles on its thirty-eighth birthday, with activities aimed for the young and young at heart. The longest running arts council sponsored event in North Carolina, the Stokes Stomp is held annually along the banks of the beautiful Dan River at Moratock Park, 1077 Sheppard Mill Road in Danbury, North Carolina. In addition to the usual main stage and children’s area entertainment, river activities, the Stokes Stomp parade, and over one hundred art/craft/food vendors, the 2012 Stomp will include Heritage Village historical demonstrations, Community Dance by the Dan, and a Tribute Jam in memory of Stokes County musical treasure Joe “Snuffy” Smith, who passed away earlier this year.

“We are very excited about the new additions to this year’s Stokes Stomp” said Chairperson Nancy Markle. “Our Visual Arts Committee came up with the idea for the Heritage Village to include historical demonstrations, and we think it fits perfectly into what the event and park stand for.” The Community Dance by the Dan, scheduled for Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30pm in the Children’s Area, will invite children from 2 to 102 to move to the “Electric Slide”, “Cupid Shuffle”, “Cha Cha Slide”, “Wobble”, and “Chicken Dance” with the goal of having one hundred or more participate under the direction of DJ Dane Joyce. The Snuffy Smith Tribute Jam, scheduled on the main stage on Saturday from 6:30 to 7:30pm, came out of public response in wanting to honor one of Stokes County’s most well-known traditional music treasures. “We received several phone calls and emails from musicians who thought that honoring Snuffy at the Stomp would be a great tribute to him” commented Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “Stokes has a very connected music community and it was their wish to see that Snuffy be remembered. We are honored just to be the avenue for it to happen, as there was no finer a person than Snuffy Smith” he added.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Courses for the Community

Salem College starts its "Courses for Community" fall program, which is designed to provide you with a place to engage in the exchange of ideas, to learn the how-to's of life, and to meet other people who share some of your interests. The fall session starts in August and will run through November, with a variety of courses.

For more info visit the Web site at Courses for the Community or call 336-721-2855.

Some of the courses that might be of interest to you, include...

Drawing Animal Friends for Young Artists [Verano]
Young artists will learn to capture the spirit of their favorite animals by guided instruction on the how-tos of drawing eyes, mouths, fur, whiskers and more! Students will enjoy lessons for shading, drawing basic shapes and creating textures for their cuddly creatures. Bring to class: reference photos, drawing tablet, #2 pencil, eraser and a colored pencil set.
Mondays, September 17, 24 and October 1
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Drawing Animal Portraits for Teens to Adults [Verano]

Learn the practical approach to drawing through step-by-step demonstrations, and capture the likeness of your favorite animal. Students will explore the use of cross-hatching, blending, lifting (reverse drawing), shading and much more. With practice and guidance, your animal portraits will come alive. Bring to class: drawing tablet, eraser, a set of charcoal pencils and drawing pencils #2, 2B, 3B, 4B. Reference pictures of your favorite animals are recommended.
Mondays, September 17, 24 and October 1 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Painting Workshop: Antique Snowman and Rooster Paintings - Option III [Verano]
Create two decorative pieces of artwork, one snowman and one rooster, for your enjoyment or gift-giving this Christmas season. By using water-soluble oils and the same fun techniques used in the angel and Santa paintings, students of all ages will enjoy this project. Bring a friend or come ready to meet new people, and settle into a fun-filled evening that is sure to spread the Christmas cheer. Bring to class: (2 ) 11 x 14 flat canvas panels, (1) tube each- burnt sienna and raw umber (water-soluble oil paints), an old t-shirt and Q-tips. Protective gloves, a variety of snowman and rooster patterns and additional paint supplies are provided.
Tuesdays, December 4 and 11
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Home Orchid Growing [Bare]
Orchids seem exotic and full of mystery, but many are easily grown in the home with proper understanding of their culture. This course will cover the basics of home orchid growing and prepare students for a lifetime of enjoyment with these marvelous flowers
Tuesdays, November 6 - 20
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Summer Grilling

Photo: 400# of grass-fed beef in the Farm Store today just in time for Labor Day cookouts!

400 pounds of grass-fed beef in the farm store new in the store this week-- just in time for Labor Day cookouts!

Pasture-raised chicken is also available in the farm store again--breast, wings, leg quarters, heart, liver, back and necks!

And, yes, we are open on Saturdays and Sundays!


Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Germanton, NC 27019

Saturday, September 1, 2012

NCSU's 2012 Farmstead Cheesemaking Short Course

For Farmstead Cheese Aficionados!

Once again it's time for NCSU's 2012 Farmstead Cheesemaking Short Course in Raleigh, NC on November 27-29, 2012. Only 20 seats are available. Contact Gary Cartwright for the registration brochure and to secure your reservation.


 Due to a generous USDA Rural Development grant from the North Carolina Dairy Advantage Program, the first ten (10) applicants from North Carolina will receive a $200 discount on the registration fee. To apply this grant, North Carolina residents should NOT send in payment until contacted by Gary Cartwright to confirm eligibility. All non-residents should send in payments by the stated deadline.

Gary Cartwright
North Carolina State University
 Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences
 Campus Box 7624, 41 Schaub Hall
 Raleigh, NC 27695
 Direct: 919.513.2488 Dairy: 919.515.2760 Mobile: 919.795.9110 Fax: 919.515.3643